Bitter Coffee, by Stephanie Ng

Contrary to popular belief,
Bitter coffee can actually be quite sweet.
It reminds me of all the things I’ve lost,
But also of all the things I’ve gained.
You’ve lost a little piece of your childhood,
But you’ve also gained a little piece of adulthood.
You’ve lost the fairytale,
But you’ve gained the reality of it all.
It’s the one thing that remains brutally honest and never changes.
It is what it is, in all of its full bitter glory.
It doesn’t hide behind layers of sugar and milk droplets;
Bitter coffee is the truth.
You scrunch up your face at the taste of that bitterness,
But it still doesn’t change.
And that in itself, is really quite sweet.

~Stephanie Ng

Featured in Vol. 3 Iss. 5,
Featured in Vol. 3 Iss. 5,